Vivian Hamilton

Vivian Hamilton

Lecturer of Music; Director, Belle Voci (Women’s Chorale); Collaborative Pianist

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Vivian Hamilton is director of Belle Voci (formerly known as the Furman Womens’ Chorale) and a collaborative pianist in the music department.  She also serves as Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Hamilton has been a singer in the Robert Shaw Institute Festival Singers where she had the opportunity to work with Robert Shaw, and studied conducting with Dan Lewis and Edvard Tchivzhel.  She has worked with choirs at Simmons College, Emerson College, the University of South Carolina, Northeastern University, and Clemson University.  For twelve years, she conducted the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Chorale, and is a former president of the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association.  Her choral conducting experience also includes work at Baptist and Methodist churches in Massachusetts and South Carolina, and in the public schools of Boston and upstate South Carolina.  She is active in the community as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina.

She has worked as a collaborative pianist in Boston, Massachusetts, and throughout South Carolina.  She was the Principal Keyboardist for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, playing celeste, piano, and harpsichord.

She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, her Masters degree in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and her bachelors degree in music education from Furman University.


  • Performer, Robert Shaw Festival Singers
  • South Carolina President of American Choral Directors Association
  • Conductor of Choirs in American Choral Directors Association conventions


  • D.M.A., University of South Carolina
  • M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., Furman University

Training Under:

  • Larry Wyatt, University of South Carolina
  • Jacob Maxin and Thomas Stumpf, New England Conservatory
  • Ruby Morgan and John Roberts, Furman University
  • Maria Clodes, Edvard Tchivzhel and Robert Shaw, Postgraduate study


It is a tremendous pleasure to work with Furman students. I enjoy working with students on many different levels and introducing them to excellent choral literature. I try to have a positive, encouraging approach in all of my teaching.